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Signs of attraction: Bill would let DOT point way to agri-tourism sites

A bill passed by the Georgia House on Wednesday would allow the Department of Transportation to erect directional signs pointing to the state's agricultural tourism attractions.

February 25, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Items found in Hilton’s van revealing

The white Astro van where Meredith Emerson was held captive was stuffed with a wardrobe of high-end outdoors clothing, as well as a sling blade, duct tape, air pistols and a hacksaw blade, according to documents filed in DeKalb County Magistrate Court this week.

February 25, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


2-year-old Iraqi girl improves following surgery

A 2-year-old Iraqi girl who underwent open-heart surgery Monday has shown improvement in a Nashville, Tenn., hospital.

Amenah Al-Bayati, whose life-threatening plight drew the attention of a Gainesville Marine, has been removed from a ventilator and continues her recovery in an intensive care unit.

February 24, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Gainesville planning board backs rezoning bid for industrial park

GAINESVILLE - The president of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce told Gainesville's Planning and Appeals Board the city needs more industrial park space because more industrial park space means more jobs for the community.

February 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Woman gives bulk of assets to Humane Society

Henrietta Wilson was a woman of modest means. She lived a quiet life in North Hall, restricted by a disability, and didn't have much social interaction with people.

February 24, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Pilot car to be used during Ga. 136 work

The Georgia Department of Transportation Monday began resurfacing parts of Ga. 136 from Ga. 400 in Dawson County to Ga. 60 in Hall County.

February 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Hilton made plans for dog as part of plea deal

Authorities say the drifter who pleaded guilty to killing 24-year-old hiker Meredith Emerson made plans for his dog's future as part of his plea agreement.

Dandy, the reddish golden retriever that belonged to 61-year-old Gary Michael Hilton, has been adopted into a new home. The Northern Judicial Public Defender, H. Bradford Morris, says Hilton was concerned that his dog have a good home.

February 24, 2008 | The Associated Press | Local


Living history: War veterans meet with students from Gainesville Middle School

GAINESVILLE - They brought old photographs and memorabilia. One veteran brought a model of the bomber he flew during World War II. But most of all, the veterans brought memories of their time spent in the military, during war and peace.

"We need to let these kids know what it was like back when," said Van Peeples, a second-class petty officer during the Vietnam War era. "There was a time when people were actually drafted."

February 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Students, teachers face off in dodgeball

It's not every day that an eighth-grader gets the chance to peg his science teacher with a big white ball; although, he might imagine it on a daily basis.

But that's the scenario 11 faculty members at Chestatee Middle School arranged Tuesday afternoon in the form of a student versus faculty dodgeball game. Nearly 250 Chestatee Middle School students filled the school gym stands to watch the competition between 60 student players and Team Ocho, the Chestatee Middle School faculty team comprised of math, science and English teachers.

February 24, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Teens ‘have a lot to tell’ to anti-drug group

"Just say no" just won't cut it anymore.

As Hall County volunteers met Tuesday to talk about attacking the problem of teen drug use, several said the simplistic 1980s-era slogan is not enough in the age of text messaging and YouTube.

February 24, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Local


Brenau receives $200,000 from Regions

Regions Financial Corp. has donated $200,000 to Brenau University, with one of its executives saying that women's business education is central to the company's charitable giving programs.

February 24, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Jackson, Forsyth schools pull possibly tainted meat from menus

Jackson and Forsyth county school systems are among Georgia school districts that have been ordered to stop serving beef supplied by a California slaughterhouse under federal investigation for mistreating animals.

February 24, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Snow flurries could fall in Hall tonight

GAINESVILLE - The Hall County area can expect snow flurries tonight, but nothing more, the National Weather Service is reporting.

February 24, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall considers increasing landfill fees, landscaping interstate exits

County commissioners discussed funding the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce's Centennial Gateway Initiative and the possibility of increasing county landfill rates from $34.50 per ton to $40 per ton at Monday's work session.

Vice Commissioner Steve Gailey said the proposed hike comes after an eight-year period in which landfill rates remained constant, and the rate increase is needed to bring Hall County landfill rates up to market standards in surrounding counties.

February 23, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Toccoa Falls dorm set for August completion

Toccoa Falls College is building a $500,000 dormitory that is set to finished by August.

February 23, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Korean War vets given quilts as show of thanks

As Paul Scroggs tugged at the quilt wrapped around his shoulders, he said with a wry smile, "I wish I had this in Korea."

November 10, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Class Notes: Schools go big for Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a big deal to area schools.

November 10, 2014 | Times staff reports | Local


Year-round trout fishing up for discussion

On Thursday, anglers hooked on having a year-round trout season may have their voices heard.

November 10, 2014 | Nick Watson | Local


Cold weather fire safety tips

With cold weather often leading to alternative methods of heating homes, Hall County Fire Marshal Capt. Scott Cagle recommends the following precautions:

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Winter weather tips, contacts

Braving winter weather

January 05, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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